What is telescope?

  • (verb): Make smaller or shorter.
    Example: "The novel was telescoped into a short play"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A telescope is an instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The first known practical telescopes were invented in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 17th century, using glass lenses. They found use in terrestrial applications and astronomy.

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Siding Spring Observatory
... ANU), incorporates the Anglo-Australian Telescope along with a collection of other telescopes owned by the Australian National University, the University of New ... There are currently 12 telescopes on site ... Between 1953 and 1974, the 74-inch (1.9 m) reflecting telescope at Mount Stromlo was the largest optical telescope in Australia ...
Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope
... The Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST) is a radio telescope operating at 843 MHz ... The telescope is located near the Molonglo River near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, and was constructed by modification of the East-West arm of the former Molonglo Cross Telescope, a larger version of ...
Optical Mechanics, Inc.
... or OMI is a high-end American telescope and optics instrument manufacturer ... OMI was founded in 2002 and produces observatory telescopes, Lidar telescopes, optical tube assemblies, telescope mirrors and reflective coatings for mirrors ... OMI mirrors are used by other telescope makers such as Obsession Telescopes ...
National Virtual Observatory - Data
... Also found in the NVO are NASA's rich data collections including data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope ... additional data from nearly every astronomical research facility, observatory, and telescope across the globe ...
Lists of Telescopes
... List of optical telescopes List of largest optical reflecting telescopes List of largest optical refracting telescopes List of largest optical telescopes historically List of radio ...

More definitions of "telescope":

  • (verb): Crush together or collapse.
    Example: "In the accident, the cars telescoped"; "my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"
  • (noun): A magnifier of images of distant objects.
    Synonyms: scope

Famous quotes containing the word telescope:

    The sight of a planet through a telescope is worth all the course on astronomy; the shock of the electric spark in the elbow, outvalues all the theories; the taste of the nitrous oxide, the firing of an artificial volcano, are better than volumes of chemistry.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The telescope at one end of his beat,
    And at the other end the microscope....
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)